Open home inspections are one of the most effective and efficient ways of marketing your property to potential buyers. On average, four inspections on consecutive Saturdays of around 30 – 45 minutes each time is what’s needed to sell your home.
Some of the advantages of open home inspections are:
- You have time to ensure your property is tidy and ready for inspections.
- You can control the viewing times with the least amount of disruption to you and your family’s routine.
- Many potential buyers can view your property at the same time, rather than lots of individual inspections.
- Open homes can create plenty of activity, even in a slow market.
- Interest and activity at inspections can trigger urgency with buyers.
- Comments from open home visitors provides valuable feedback on price, presentation, sales appeal, any issues etc.
How do you prepare for open home inspections?
Your Sales Consultant has the tools and know-how to do all the required marketing to attract the maximum number of visitors to your open home inspections.
Here are ten tips on how to make your property “open home ready”:
- Declutter – an overcrowded room looks unappealing and smaller than it actually is.
- Create a great environment for potential buyers by having a clean home, paying particular attention to bathrooms and the kitchen.
- Simple décor is best. Put away your more personal things including family photographs, as you want buyers to visualise themselves and their own things in your home.
- Make each room count. Give each room a purpose so that potential buyers can see how they can use it.
- Make first impressions count. Think about the first aspects that potential buyers will see – like fencing, the letterbox, gardens and the driveway.
- Remember the small things. Check light switches to make sure they work. Fix any doors or cupboards that don’t close. Fix leaky taps.
- If you can, give your walls a fresh coat of paint. Choose a neutral colour, as this appeals to the greatest number of buyers.
- Add fresh flowers or have so music playing in the background. This adds to the ambience at your inspection.
- If cold outside, have a fire going or heaters on. If hot, turn on the air conditioning or open up windows and allow the fresh air in.
- Fresh coffee on the stove or burning aromatherapy oils adds an inviting smell that creates a good impression and appeals to buyers.
For information on the things you could do to get your home ready for sale, speak to one of our experienced professionals on 4628 7444.